Baby Boks scrape to victory
Seabelo Senatla (Getty Images)
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La Roche-sur-Yon - The Baby Boks all but secured qualification for the semi-finals of the IRB Junior World Championship when they beat England 31-24 in La Roche-sur-Yon.
The Baby Boks were out of the blocks very quickly, scoring three first half tries, two by wing, Seabelo Senatla, before the opposition scored their first points to lead 21-7 at half-time.
However, the Baby Boks could not start the second half the way they started the first as England managed to get back into the game thanks to their captain, Jack Clifford breaking through the Baby Boks’ line to set up a try in the corner for Elliot Stooke. The Conversion was successfully slotted by flyhalf, Henry Slade.
It seemed to kick the Baby Boks into action as hooker, Jacques du Plesses drove over the line to restore their 14-point advantage.
Flyer Senatla was then denied a hat-trick as referee Mike Fraser brought play back for a high tackle and instead England’s Slade slotted over the penalty to reduce the gap to 28–17.
The Baby Boks responded with a penalty of their own through Robert du Preez, but when Henry Purdy scored and Slade converted to make the score 31-24, the Baby Boks might have been wondering how they could possibly be in a position to lose the match.
England applied the pressure thereafter and tempers flared, with England’s Tom Price and Baby Boks’ Irné Herbst being sent to the Sin Bin.
However, the Baby Boks held on for the victory, but will have to wait until Thursday when they play France to secure a spot in the semi-finals. Scorers:England - 24: Tries:
Sloan, Stooke, Purdy; Conversions:
Slade 3; Penalty:
SladeSouth Africa - 31: Tries:
Senatla 2, Du Plesses; Conversions:
Du Preez 2; Penalties:
Du Preez 4Teams:England:
15 Anthony Watson, 14 Ben Howard, 13 Harry Sloan, 12 Sam Hill, 11 Jack Nowell, 10 Henry Slade, 9 Alex Day, 8 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 7 Luke Cowan Dickie, 6 Scott Wilson, 5 Elliott Stooke, 4 Dominic Barrow, 3 Ross Moriarty, 2 Matt Hankin, 1 Jack Clifford (captain)
16 Scott Spurling, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Tom Smallbone, 19 Tom Price,20 Joel Conlon, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Ollie Devoto, 23 Henry Purdy.South Africa:
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Luther Obi, 13 Justin Geduld, 12 Handré Pollard, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Robert du Preez, 19 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Andrew Beerwinkel, 7 Jacques du Toit, 6 Luan de Bruin, 5 Irné Herbst, 4 Dennis Visser, 3Roelof Smit, 2 Jacques du Plesses, 1 Ruan Steenkamp (Capt.).
Substitutes: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Jannes Kirsten, 19 Aidon Davis, 20 Hanco Venter, 21 Dries Swanepoel, 22 Jesse Kriel, 23 Marné Coetzee.